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Volume 19, Number 2, 2014

Total skin electron irradiation—The technique where the electron beams are still irreplaceable

Tomasz Piotrowski


During the last 2nd ESTRO forum, held in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2013, an interesting debate about the relevance and usage of electron beams in modern radiation therapy took place.1 For decades, electron beams have been an important and natural tool in radiotherapy (RT) but in recent years their importance has been drastically diminished due to developments in photon beam RT.2 and 3 During the debate, the first lecturer presented a vision of conventional RT based only on photon beams, while the second speaker argued in favour of a renewed potential for electron beams arising from technological improvements, as an interesting alternative to photon-only therapy. Specifically, the new possibilities for electron beams discussed were mostly related to intensity-modulated photon–electron radiation therapy (IMPERT) techniques4 and 5 and the use of electron beams during intra-operative RT (IORT).

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2014; 19(2) : 69-71

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